The British are desperate to shorten the length of WW2 and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target. Written by
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The story of the "bombs that had to bounce" - and the air-devils who had to drop 'em!
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Did You Know?
Footage used to show the bombs as they skipped on the surface of the water towards the dams was drawn from footage of the bombs being tested. Backspinning the bombs gave them gyroscopic stability when skipping across the water, then held them against the dams as they sank. To conceal the backspin, which was still a state secret at the time of filming, the bombs in the footage were painted over frame by frame. See more
The Lancaster shown flying over the Derwent Reservoir is not a Dam Busters aircraft, in that it has bomb-bay doors and a mid-upper turret, both missing from the AVRO Lancaster Mk.IIIs Type 464 (Provisioning) aircraft used in Operation Chastise. See more
Flight Lt. H.B. Martin, DSO, DFC, AFC
[looks out cockpit canopy at the Moehne as the attack formation arrives, and flak starts coming up
There it is, boys. Bit aggressive, aren't they? Someone's woken them up. What do you think about it, Bob?
Flight Lt. R.C. Hay, DFC
My goodness. It's... It's big, isn't it? Can we really break *that*?
The Dam Busters
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